Hello and welcome to this glorious Saturday, March 6, 2021. Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
Author, speaker, and activist, Brian McLaren identified in his book, Why Don’t They Get It? Overcoming Bias in Others (and Yourself), thirteen different ways in which our thinking is biased:
Confirmation Bias: We assess new ideas based on our existing ideas. If they agree with what we already believe, we tend to accept them, if not we tend to dismiss them.
Complexity Bias: We prefer the simplest explanation.
Community Bias: It’s improbable that one can see outside of the community in which they live.
Complementarity Bias: If our ideas are challenged, we’ll challenge theirs. If our ideas are complemented, we accept theirs.
Competency Bias: We don’t know what we don’t know. And because we don’t know what we don’t know, we tend to underestimate our incompetence and overestimate our competence.
Consciousness Bias: Some lessons can only be learned through experience and we must wait until our minds are primed and ready.
Comfort or Complacency Bias: We don’t like being uncomfortable and tend to challenge ideas that create tension.
Conservative/Liberal Bias: We tend to hold true to what our political party defines as right/wrong, good/bad.
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